Take a breathtaking Bali backdrop, a talented team of vendors and a beautiful bride rockin’ not one, not two, but three stunning gowns and the results are a wedding that is the absolute definition of perfection. Think the fab stylings of Cher Ange, gorgeous blooms from Bloomz Fine Flowers and brilliant imagery from Imaj Gallery. Head to THE VAULT for every amazing moment, then press play on the film from Point One Designs for even more (very pretty) inspiration.
From Cher Ange… A lovely summer wedding in Bali that was all about blush gold sequins, whites and greens. Elegant and romantic with a touch of Bollywood (honour to the Indian roots of the groom). The bride and groom live in NY and had 80 guests that attended from all over the world. It was a beautiful beachfront ceremony that was followed by cocktail and canapés for sunset around the beach front pool and Balinese dances. Dinner was under fairy lights, we had fulfilled all the trees and the party moved on to the dance floor until midnight.
From the Bride… I’m normally the planner in our relationship, but Gaurav decided he wanted to surprise me for our next trip. What came next was a whirlwind trip to Europe that kicked off with a proposal at the Hotel Caesar Augustus in Capri, Italy. He had organized a private dinner in a cliffside alcove that overlooked a panoramic view of the Amalfi coastline at sunset. Good thing I said “yes,” because the surprises kept on coming with visits to Sardegna, Lisbon, Madeira, and London before returning home!
Gaurav had always dreamed of getting married in Bali; I always knew I would get married on the beach. With our families scattered across the US, Canada, India, England, and Korea, we knew there would be travel involved for most of our guests so we thought, ‘Bali, let’s do it’! There was no question about finding a planner on the ground and were thankful when Karen and Cher Ange came recommended through a friend. Karen was a godsend; having grown up in France and the US before settling in Bali, she had a taste for western preferences and a wealth of Balinese resources to execute a couple’s vision of their special day. In our first Skype sessions and emails, we expressed our desire for a contemporary setting accented by clean lines and a white and gold palette. And, of course, a little sparkle never hurt!
With hundreds of hours of travel, stopovers, and time zones between our 75 guests, our number one objective was to thank our family and friends by giving them an experience they’d (hopefully) never forget.
We narrowed down the venue to Villa Atas Ombak, a stunning beachfront private villa in Seminyak, Bali. As you may have guessed, we’re fond of surprises so Karen helped us incorporate a few surprise touches for our guests which included a welcome “white party” at Potato Head Beach Club, traditional Balinese dancers, a whole roasted pig, fire dancers, and a post-wedding pool BBQ! Gaurav’s personal touches included a brigade of flavored shishas (hookahs) and a drone from our videographers! Since our beloved French Bulldog, Jamón, wasn’t able to join us in Bali, we created a logo of him that was emblazoned on our wedding favors – mini sriracha bottles (our fave condiment) – and had a marzipan replica of him that sat on top of our wedding cake!
Wedding dress shopping was by far my favorite planning activity (as evidenced by not one, but
three dresses!). I must have gone to at least 7 boutiques and tried on dozens of dresses, but in my mind I always went back to this Lazaro ballgown that featured an ivory and sherbet ombre train and gorgeous beading on a fitted bodice. I was nervous about being too hot so I opted for a lovely fitted blush satin gown accented with buttons all down the back and a double French bustle by Anna Maier as a reception dress. While I was shopping for the reception dress, my eye caught a gold Jenny Packham babydoll sample that had only ever walked the runway. It was a one-of-a-kind bundle of French lace, tulle, and gold sequins. I just knew that it was the perfect dress to get the party started with! Not to be outdone, Gaurav had two custom tuxedos from Tom Ford. A midnight blue one (the same one worn by James Bond in Skyfall, natch) for the ceremony and a white dinner jacket for the reception.
Our favorite moment of the day was being surrounded by our friends and family, who had lit sparklers as we danced our first dance to Adele’s “Make You Feel My Love.” Since that was our last formal “obligation” for the wedding, we were excited to get the party started! We were able to keep the party going all night long in the villa and even had some guests (ok, and me) enjoy a late night swim. It was truly a modern-day fairytale come true!
Photography: Imaj Gallery | Cinematography: Point One Designs | Event Planning: CHER ANGE weddings & events | Floral Design: Bloomz Fine Flowers | Wedding Dress: JLM Couture, Inc | Wedding Dress: Jenny Packham | Cake: Ixora Cakes Bali | Catering: Fabulous Foods | Hair + Makeup: Yeanne Makeup Art | DJ: DJ Rob Sounds | Groom's Attire: Tom Ford | Venue: Atas Ombak | Photo Booth: In N Out | Reception Dress: Anna Maier